Manufacturing & Industrials

Manufacturing Industrials

Custom Programs for Your Team

Succeeding as a manufacturing firm today requires the ability to adapt to rapid, disruptive technological change, while facing aggressive competition and ever more empowered customers. Manufacturers increasingly recognize how critical strategy execution is to their success.

Wharton Executive Education helps prepare the next generation of manufacturing business leaders by giving them invaluable business insight into the most critical strategic issues, from process improvement to cost management, while honing their leadership skills and business acumen for immediate impact.

Wharton’s distinguished faculty are globally recognized business thought leaders and advisors to some of the world’s leading companies. Our faculty has current and relevant expertise in productivity, pricing, labor relations, and operational efficiencies. Our custom, action-based learning focuses on your business’s individual objectives, combined with Wharton’s in-depth understanding of the industrial markets you serve.

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Strategic Focus

By customizing our programs to your business scenario, Wharton provides your executives with the technology, insight, and implementation skills needed to lead and grow strategically. In addition to providing you with a competitive advantage, your Wharton partners will become the trusted advisors who will help transform how your company does business.

At Wharton, you will learn how to:

  • Engage in more strategic scenario thinking and planning
  • Develop long-term strategies for corporate value creation, customer centricity, and innovation
  • Collaborate across organizational silos
  • Lead change within a corporate culture

Thought Leadership and Solutions

We have partnered with a range of world-class companies and organizations to create transformative executive education experiences. Resulting programs leverage the vast resources, such as the research centers of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania, to showcase powerful thought leadership, and provide solutions that can be implemented immediately.

Below is an example of a custom executive education solution:

SCG Cement

SCG Cement Co., Ltd., one of the largest cement exporters in the world, has partnered with Wharton Executive Education for more than 20 years to deliver an executive education program that builds strong business-management skills, provides a global perspective, and prepares high-potential leaders for general-management roles.

The six-month multi-module program, delivered in Thailand, was designed for cohorts of 40 high-potential middle managers who represent all lines of business and geographies. Three key themes — learning, execution, and value creation — are emphasized throughout. A highlight is the team-based action learning project that generates innovative solutions to organizational challenges.

SCG saw substantial business impact from its executive education program. At least eight new business projects were designed and managed each year by participants, and additional innovative new projects received funding and were incorporated into an SCG business unit. The program has also strengthened its talent pipeline; succession planning is far easier now that SCG has a like-minded group of strategic leaders in the talent pool.

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Client Perspective

Wharton provided a really structured approach to determining what our customers most value and what our key differentiators are, with a way for us to map that out and see where we fit in the market compared to the competition. My company had Professor Nicolaj Siggelkow do a session with our executive team. We mapped out our strategy, which was immediately translated into decisions on how we approached certain accounts and determined our pricing and sales strategy.”

Jason Dabrow Chief Operating Officer, Chelten House Products Inc.


Gad Allon

Gad Allon, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Director, Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Operations management and operations strategy

Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli, DPhilSee Faculty Bio

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

Christian Terwiesch

Christian Terwiesch, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Andrew M. Heller Professor; Department Chairperson and Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management, The Wharton School; Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Analyzing operational performance, innovation management, R&D management

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